OnPoint Community Credit Union Announces 2018 Prize for Excellence in Education Award Winners
For the ninth year, OnPoint recognizes two outstanding educators in Oregon who positively impact their students, schools and communities.
Great teachers truly make a difference in the lives of their students and now OnPoint Community Credit Union is making a positive difference for two excellent teachers in Oregon.
OnPoint has awarded Lucas Houck and Janine Kirstein as the 2018 recipients of the Prize in Excellence in Education award. OnPoint will pay both winners’ mortgages for one year, and will donate $2,500 to each of their schools for resources and supplies. Houck was named the K-8 Educator of the Year and Kirstein was named the 9-12 Educator of the year.
“Even beyond their direct work with students, inspiring and innovative teachers have a positive impact on our entire community,” said OnPoint Community Credit Union President and CEO Rob Stuart. “We have a rich history supporting educators, having been founded by 16 school teachers 85 years ago, and the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education is our way of showcasing the exceptional work they continue to provide today.”
Houck teaches at Corbett Middle School in Gresham, Oregon. He has an exceptionally dynamic approach to motivate students that is recognized by his colleagues and school community, according to OnPoint. He develops innovative curriculum to engage students, adjusting it to fit the needs of individual students. Houck is known as the spirit of Corbett, as he rallies students and staff each day at the school-wide Morning Meeting assembly.
Janine Kirstein teaches choir at Gresham High School in Gresham, Oregon. OnPoint said that Kirstein uses skill, patience and dedication to inspire students to excel. She exudes a passion for music and challenges students with complex musical pieces, earning her high praise for a production of Les Misérables, as well as leading the school’s concert choir to win numerous conference championships and awards during her 16-year tenure as Choir Director.
The credit union also presented Finalists awards to two teachers, six Circle of Excellence awards, and four Community Choice awards to local schools.